Bishops of North Carolina respond to Primates Meeting

January 14, 2016

[Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina] We, the bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the Rt. Rev. Anne E. Hodges-Copple and the Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee, wholeheartedly support the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and the statement he shared from the streets of Canterbury this morning. We are grateful he has such courage of presence and clarity of proclamation at a difficult time within the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church is still part of the Anglican Communion; still a beloved and faithful member of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. That is result of baptism, not a vote. This is a time for all the baptized to remember there is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism. We are not saved by being “right” or “wrong,” we are saved by grace. We are saved by the daily forgiveness of sins – known and unknown. Forgiveness for things done and left undone. The grace to go forward together, even with our unhappy divisions. Perhaps during this time where we are experiencing distance from ones we also love, we can pray together in the words of the Psalmist: 

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10King James Version (KJV)
We believe that is a spirit of love, forbearance and reconciliation. We believe this is the true spirit of following Jesus in a troubled world.”
The Rt. Rev. Anne E. Hodges-Copple, bishop diocesan pro tempore, and the Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, assisting bishop, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina

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